Pontefract League: Ackworth and South Kirkby fly the flag for the Pontefract League

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ACKWORTH and South Kirkby fly the flag for the Pontefract League in the Yorkshire Council Championship first round on Sunday.

They both have tough tasks against Central Yorkshire League oppponents.

Ackworth host Townville – the last CYL club to win the competition in 2009 – and Kirkby visit Methley.

Kirkby pipped Fairburn for the second Council play-off place when Steve Secker (59), skipper Dave Rollin (4-35) and teenager Max Heritage (4-29) led them to a 22-run victory against Wombwell Main.

Kirkby are five points adrift of leaders Ackworth, for whom opener Richard Young struck an unbeaten century as they overhauled Frickley’s 183-6 that included 62 by Inderjit Haytre.

Fairburn revived their title bid when Ryan Greatrick (42), Mark Abdy (41no), Simon Kemp (40no) and Jake Abdy (4-19) gave them the edge against Hooton Pagnell.

Last year’s champions Old Sharlston ended their slump by beating neighbours Streethouse who were skittled for 117 by Adam Fox (5-33).

Nostell improved their chances of avoiding relegation with a 42-run win at Stainborough in the clash of the bottom two teams. Jason Garrick (6-35), pictured, toppled Stainborough for 140 after James Rowett (46) and brother Matthew (44) had guided Nostell to 182-8.

Askern stayed on course for the Division Two title with a 66-run success at Crofton who were bowled out for 116 by Dave Longley (5-19).

Askern are 19 points clear of second-placed West Bretton who eased to a nine-wicket victory against Allerton Bywater with an unbroken century stand between Tom Atkinson (90no) and Greg Walton (20no).

Hemsworth maintained their promotion bid by beating Hatfield but former leaders Featherstone’s slide continued when they lost at bottom team Whitley Bridge.

England assistant coach Paul Farbrace. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA

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